Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fish in Mustard Sauce

Although Fish is known to be a very popular food in Bengal/Orissa. However, it is also one of the specialities in Bihar/Jharkhand. In fact on special occassions it is a ritual to cook fish curry as it is considered auspicious and is said to mark a good times and bring luck. A varieties of fish are eaten in Bihar. Rohu, katla, jhinga/chingri, mangur etc. The gravy of the fish curry varies mostly on the type of fish being cooked. Both in Bengal and Bihar, the most comnmonly eaten fish is Rohu, which can be cooked in a blend of spices. I am posting a fish curry recipe here which is cooked with mustard paste as the basic ingredient in the gravy/curry

Fish Curry

Fish(rohu) - 1kg
Onion - 2 (medium sized)
Tomato(cubed) - 2 (medium sized)
Dried Whole Red Chilly -2
Mustard seeds - 5 Tbsp
Garlic Paste - 4tsp
Coriander Powder - 2tsp
Turmeric Powder -1/2tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2tsp
Salt as per taste
Red Chilly powder as per taste
Oil for frying (I use mustard oil)

Soak the mustard seeds for half an hour and grind into a paste
Alternatively, you can dry grind the mustard seeds first and then soak in water Clean the fish pieces and drain out excess water.
Mix together with 1 tsp salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and 1 tsp garlic paste
Leave to marinade for a while
In the meantime, slice the onions and grind into a paste.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan/ kadahi
Add the fish pieces to this, 2-3 at a time
Fry till both sides of the fish turn golden
Repeat till all the fish peices have been fried
Keep the fried fish pieces aside

To Make the curry
Heat 4tbsps of oil in the kadahi.
Splutter with Whole red chilly,mustard and fenugreek seeds (1/2 tsps of each)
Add the mustard paste and fry for sometime.
Add the onion paste and salt
Add coriander powder, turmeric and garlic paste
Fry the mixture till the oil starts leaving the base of the pan
Now add the tomatoes and fry for sometime (2mins)
Cover and cook till the tomatoes blend with the mixture
Now add water to this mixture and let it simmer
Add the fish pieces and simmer for around 5 mins
The fish curry is ready
Serve hot with plain white rice

Colcasia leaf Curry/ Arbi Kacchu Leaf Pakodas and Curry

On my trip to the local vegetable market this weekend, I found Arbi leaves at the grocer's. The look of the leaves was fresh so I decided to try my hands on the Kachhu patta pakoda/curry that I had eaten a couple of times long back. I did remember that it tasted good and had some idea as to how to make it. With the limited veggies option in the market and even limited options of what would be welcomed by dear hubby, I brought this home and try after all.
The taste was good. I brought it for my packed lunch at work and everyone who tasted it seemed to love it


Arbi/colcasia leaves - 6
Tomatoes - 2
Gram Flour - 5Tbsp
Turmeric Powder/Haldi - 2 Tsp
Garlic Paste - 2Tsp
Ginger paste - 1Tsp
Coriander Powder - 1Tsp
Mustard Seeds - 2Tbsp soaked in Water

Grind the soaked mustard seeds
Chop the tomatoes
Clean the leaves in hot water

Add 1/2tsp each of salt and red chilly powder to the gramflour
Make a thick batter of the gramflour
Place the leaves on a flat vessel and apply the batter on top of it
Place another leaf over this and roll the two
Insert tooth picks or use thread to tie the rolled leaves
Repeat this with the remaining leaves
Steam cook the leaf rolls for 15 mins
Take out the leaf rolls.
Remove the toothpicks or thread
Cut the roll into pieces (See pic)
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan
Deep fry the pieces
The pakodas are now ready to be served hot with sauce/chutney

When you are done eating the pakodas proceed to make the curry with the rest of the pakodas

For the Curry
Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan
Splutter 2 whole red chillies, mustard and fenugreek seeds
Add the mustard seed paste to this and fry for sometime.
Now add the garlic paste to this
Fry the mixture till the color starts to turn light brown
Add salt and turmeric powder
Also add the chopped tomatoes
Cover and cook till the tomatoes turn soft
Fry till the mixture looks well blended
Add water and boil for 5 mins
Add the fried pakodas to this and turn off the stove
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot rice


I am reposting this recipe for the event here with some variations to my earlier post. This is a typical recipe right from my state. A must on the festival of holi. This was a common delicacy at my parents home and Mom used to often make it- be it whatever festival. Holi, Diwali, Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Independence day - yes! as kids we used to clebrate independence day too back at home...I guess since all of us were "Sweet Toothed", Mom wouldn't hesitate to make such things any day.
Ask any Bihari and he/she would associate Pua with holi. There are a variety of "Puas" made on the eve of holi. My mom made puas in different ways.
However, the one here is a very simple and quick recipe

Maida - 3cups
Milk - 4 to 6 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Bananas - 4
Khoya -100 gms
Green Cardamoms(crushed) - 8 crushed
Grated Coconut - 250gms
Saunf(crushed)- 3tsp
Raisins(chopped) - 3tbsps
Cashews(crushed) - 3tbsps
Oil for Frying

Mix all the ingredients together blending well.
The consistency should be like a dosa batter
Leave for an hour.
Heat oil in a shallow base pan/wok
Using a ladle pour a little of the batter into the oil.
The Pua should be shaped round like a puri.
Fry on low flame till golden in color
Turn each side using a spatula.
Line a flat dish with kitchen towels
Remove the puas from heat and place on the dish so as to absorb excess oil
The pua can be served hot or cold.

To Serve
You need Rabri, walnuts, almonds, cashews and raisins
Place the puas on a dish
Top with rabri and sprinkle with nuts and raisins (check the pics above)

Combining the pua with Rabri is a slumptuous option. :) My favorite is refrigerated Rabri and Pua.

Note: The oil used for frying puas should be hot in the beginning but you must remember to reduce flame as soon as you pour the batter to the pan else the shape does not come. Do not use the spatula to turn the puas unless the puas look cooked on the other side.

Chilly Chicken

Chilly Chicken

Chilly Chicken is a favorite of mine. For one it is easy to cook or so I feel and second it does not leave you with the oily spicy feeling that most chicken prepations of mine may. I can eat it any day and time and what's more I like it more with roti/paratha rather than with fried rice or noodles. I am posting a quick chilly chicken recipe that I made recently.


Chicken - 250 gms (boneless & cut into small pieces)
Ginger Garlic paste - 2tsps
Cornflour - 3tbsps
Onion - 1 large (cut into 2 inch cubes)
Capsicum - 2 medium sized (cut into 2 inch cubes)
Ginger - 2Tbsps (very finely chopped)
Garlic - 3Tbsps (very finely chopped)
Green Chilly - 4 (slit)
Aji no moto -1tsp
Crushed Pepper -1tsp
Crushed Red Chilly flakes - 1tsp
Refined Oil - 4tbsps
Salt to taste
Soya sauce -2Tbsps
Chilly sauce -1tbsp
Tomato sauce - 3tbsp


To Marinade
Wash and clean the chicken
Mix togerther the garlic ginger paste and chicken pieces
Add 1tsp each of salt and pepper
Leave for around an hour

To Fry
Heat oil in a pan
Mix the cornflour, salt and pepper
Roll the chicken pieces in this and fry on medium flame till golden

For the sauce mix
In a bowl mix the remaining cornflour, tomato, chilly and soy sauce.
Add a pinch of salt and 1 cup of water to the sauce mixture

In the remaining add teh aji no moto
Add the chopped ginger and garlic
Add the chopped capsicum, onion and slit green chillies.
Saute for some time (app 8-10 mins)
Add the crushed red chillies and pepper
Now add the sauce mix and cook on low heat
Add the chicken pieces and let it come to a boil.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shanthi of shanthi krishnakumar's cook book honoured me with this award. I am just too happy! She is an awesome person and a great cook. You would know after reading all the food entries in her blog. They look absolutely lovely and Lipsmacking. Thank you so so much, Shanthi.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Kele ke Kofte (Raw banana chops cooked in gravy)

Raw Banana Chops in Gravy/ Kela Kofta Curry


Raw Bananas - 2
Potato - 1(medium sized)
Onion - 3(medium sized)
Tomato - 2(medium sized)
Gram flour - 1tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 3tsps
Coriander Powder - 3tsps
Cumin Powder - 1tsp
Pepper Powder - 1tsp
Hot Spice Mix - 1tsp
Bayleaf - 2
Dry Whole Red Chilly - 2
Cumin - 1tsp
Tumeric Powder - 1tsp
Salt to Taste
Oil for Frying (I use mustard oil as I can't do without it in my daily curries)


To Make Koftas
Boil the bananas and potato in the pressure cooker
Peel and mash the bananas and potato together
Add salt, turmeric powder, a pinch of garam masala and 1 tbsp of gram flour
Mix all the above ingredients together and make small balls

To Fry the Koftas
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan
Add the koftas slowly on high flame and lower the flame gradually
Let the koftas become golden brown
Remove from heat

To Make the Curry/Gravy
Chop 1 onion
Make onion paste with the remaining 2 onions
Chop the tomatoes
In the oil, add the cumin, bay leaf and whole red chillies
Add the chopped onion and fry till the onion changes colour to pink
Add the onion paste, ginger garlic paste and fry for some more time
Now add all the spices (coriander, cumin,pepper and turmeric powder)
Now add chopped tomatoes and salt
Fry till the oil separates from the spice mixture
Add a pinch of garam masala (hot spice mix)
Once the tomatoes are well blended with the spice, add water
Let it simmer for sometime
Add the koftas and the curry is ready
Serve hot with rice or roti/paratha
Tastes good with fried ice or vegetable pulao

Note: It is best to add the koftas right before serving else they may tend to break

Thursday, August 27, 2009


The festival of Teej is celebrated in Bihar/Jharkhand by married women. This falls a day before Ganesh Chaturthi, when women fast. The fasting is rigorous as you cannot drink water the whole day and ends the next morning before sunrise, when women pray to Goddess Parvati for the well being of their husbands.
Gujhia is a home made sweet that is a must on this ocassion. I still miss the ones prepared by mom although I have bettered with time and make those too. I am sending this to the event at Purva's blog.


Maida/Refined Flour - 1/2Kg
Ghee - 100gms
Khoya - 1/2 Kg
Sugar -100gms
Cashews - 50gms (coarsely crushed)
Raisins - 50gms (cut into pieces)
Grated Coconut - 50gms
Green Cardamoms - 8-10(crushed)
Refined oil for frying

In a pan fry the khoya till the color changes to
Remove from heat and mix sugar, cashews,
grated coconut,raisins and cardomom seeds
Leave the khoya to rest

Mix the flour and ghee together
Knead into a tight dough using little water at a time

Take a little dough and smoothen between the palms
Roll into a thin puri.
Now place this on the mould (see pic) and add a spoonful of Khoya mixture
Close the lids of the mould tightly
Remove from mould and place on a flat dish
Repeat this with the remaining dough

Heat oil in a wok/heavy bottomed pan
Fry the gujhias till till golden (see pic)
Place on paper towel for sometime.
Store in airtight containers

P.S. If the weather is too hot, it is better to consume the gujhias else they may not saty right because of khoya. However, the gujhias can be stored for around a month or so if placed in the refrigerator in airtight containers

Monday, August 24, 2009


August 23rd , Sunday was the festival of Teej. On Teej, married women pray to Goddess Parvati for well-being of their husbands. In India, Teej is a traditional festival celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, parts of Eastern UP and MP.
Teej (Hindi: तीज) is a fasting festival for Hindu women of some parts of India and Nepal. It takes place in 3rd day of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapad or Bhado month of hindi calender normly in the month of August or early September. It is celebrated for marital bliss, well-being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul. The festival is a three-day-long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid fasting. (source: Wikipedia)

Khajoor/Thekua and Perrakiya/Gujhia are homemade sweets prepared essentially on the ocassion of Teej. Here is the recipe for Thekua/Khajoor:
Sending this to the "State Specials" hosted by Shanthi


Maida - 1/2Kg
Sugar-2 and a 1/2cup
Ghee- 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Green Cardamom (crushed)- 10-15pcs
Grated Dry coconut - 1/2 cup
Refined oil/Ghee for frying

Boil 1/2 cup water and remove from heat
Add the sugar to the boiled water and mix till sugar melts
Let the mixture cool
Mix the maida and ghee together
Add the grated Coconut and Crushed cardamom and mix well
In the Maida, add the sugar syrup slowly and knead into a tight dough.
Take a small quantity of the dough and make a ball.
Press the dough against the sancha (A wooden frame with design on it to create impression on the dough. This resembles the wood block. Please check the pic)
Alternately if the sancha is not available, the dough can be pressed against a basket to create impressions.
Repeat this with the remaining dough.
Now heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and deep fry the khajoors till golden brown.
Remove from oil and place on a paper towel for some time.

Monday, August 17, 2009




Maida/Refined flour -1/2Kg

Ghee - 100gms

Sugar -250gms

Water - 1/2 cup

Oil for Frying


Prepare Sugar Syrup:
Mix sugar and 1/4 cup of water together in a bowl
Heat on low flame till the sugar starts to melt
stir and cook till teh syrup starts thickening
The sugar syrup should acquire a two thread consistency
Remove from flame and let it rest

Make the Balushshis

Mix the flour and ghee together

Knead adding very little water at a time

Knead into a tight dough

Make balls from the dough, the size you would do for a puri

Press genty in the centre (see pic below)

Repeat the same with the remaining dough

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan
Fry the balushahis till golden in colour (check pic below)

Dip the balushahis in the sugar syrup and remove
The balushahi is now ready
Serve hot or cold as a side snack item

I made the balushahis (the right one on the pic at the top) first and since I like shakarparres a lot, I used the balushahis to taste the same and so I just thickened the sugar syrup a bit and added the balushahis in it and let it cool there.

Friday, August 14, 2009


I made this using whole wheat flour. It is a traditional snack item by my mom. As a kid this was one of the most common and readily available item on the shelf. A delicious crispy, crunchy munch. An all time favourite of mine which I made over the weekend so to pass the taste of aata nimki to my little one.

Whole wheat flour/ Aata- 3 cups
Refined Oil- 1 cup
Salt - 3tsp
Ajwain/carom seeds- 1tsp
Kalonji/Nigella seeds- 1 tsp
Water for kneading - 1/2cup
Oil for Frying

Mix the flour and oil together.
Add salt, nigella and carom seeds
Add water and knead to a tight dough
Make balls of the dough and roll into a thick circle
Cut this into thin strips 1"x4" in size

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan
Add the cut strips and fry till golden in color
Store in airtight container

In our homes this is a common snack item to serve with morning/evening tea.

P.S. I need help from someone who can guide me on how to post pictures of my recipes in the blog. :-(

Friday, August 7, 2009

If this were true.....

The kid promised to never ever leave me and go anywhere, while talking to me last evening. This took my heart away Iwas left wondering if I had made the same promises to my mom when I was a child. And then I thought, if life were so to never have to leave your parents and be with them all your life but what with all the aspirations and ambitions.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Spring Rolls

Made spring rolls last evening and here is the recipe...will upload the pics too. I didn't forget to take pictures this time..

For the filling
You would need 1/2 cup of each of these chopped finely.
Ginger Garlic paste- 1/2 tsps
Pepper - 1/2 tsps
Red chilly flakes-1/2tsps
Ajinomoto-1/2 tsps
Soy Sauce(optional) - 1/2tsps
Salt as per taste

For the dough
Maida/Refined flour - 1 cup
Oil- 2tsps
A pinch of salt
Knead together all of the above into a tight dough.

Boil water and add the chopped vegetables to it along with salt.
Remove from heat immediately after adding the vegetables
Drain excess water using a strainer
In a pan heat 3tsps oil and add the ginger garlic paste to it
Add vegetables and saute for sometime
Add salt,chilly powder, pepper powder and ajinomoto
Add the vinegar and salt to the vegetables
Mix together and let it cook for sometime
This should take approximately 10 mins to cook

To make the rolls
Take small portions of the dough
Flatten to make thin round puris
Place one/two spoonful of the vegetable filling in the centre of the puri
Roll the puri lenghthwise and fold at the ends/ (see pic below)

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan/kadahi
Keep theflame on high while heating the oil then bring to medium
Deep Fry the rolls on medium/low heat
Remove the rolls from oil and place on paper towel
Serve hot with sauce of your choice.

Note: The best is to keep the flame high initially, moving it to medium after you add the rolls and then altering between medium and low so that the rolls turn crispy.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Daal Dhoka

I have been highly inspired recenlty with the number of food blogs I have been visiting and so I decided to post recipes freqeuntly. People say I cook well and honestly, that when I didn't know any till 9 years back is a HUGE Compliment. :D.
As I mentioned earlier too, I am having a hard time deciding the food menu every other day as I have decided to stick to a strict vegetarian diet this year, all through the month of sawan. Head scratching and all I made Daal Dhoka for dinner last evening and as always forgot to click the pictures :(
But of course I have the recipe here for those of you who may some day visit my blog. The recipe I used is from my mom. She used to make the same using masoor daal also, but the one here I did using chana daal.

Daal Dhoka Curry

Chana dal- 2 cups
Ginger paste 3 tsps
Cumin powder-2 tsps
Coaiander Powder-2tsps
Red chilly Powder (Optional) - 1tsp
Turmeric Powder-2 tsps
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Salt-2 tsps or as per taste
Tomatoes- 4 (finely chopped)
Green chilly/Whole Red Chilly: 4
Mustard Oil for frying

Soak the chana daal for 2-3 hours
Grind the daal to a fine paste using little water.
Mix the ginger paste, chilly powder, turmeric and salt
In a Heavy bottomed pan, add 1 tsp oil and splutter the cumin seeds
Add the Dal mixture to this and cook for sometime till the paste starts becoming a little sticky
Oil a flat dish/plate
Pour the daal mixture into it flattening it with a spatula while still hot
Let it cool for around 10 mins.
Cut into diamond shaped pieces
The dal dhoka is ready

To fry the dhokas now:
Heat oil in a kadahi/wok
Deep fry the daal dhoka till they turn brown
Fry all the pieces

In the remaining oil
Splutter the fenugreek seeds and add the whole red chilly or green chilly
Add the ginger past, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and tomatoes.
Fry for sometime till oil starts leaving the bottom of the pan
Add 2 glasses of water.
Boil for sometime and then add the fried dhokas
Garnish with Coriander leaves
Serve with roti or rice

I need readers for my blogposts. Especially the recipe posts. I don't know how to go about it yet..would ask a few friends to link my blog to theirs.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sawan ka Mahina- Vegetarian food month

Well, It is July and according to hindu calender is the month of Sawan and is going to be a vegetarian month for me. Now that is tough....I am out of ideas for cooking everyday meals. The whole thing is going to last for a month. Eating veggies everyday and what's more you are expected to provide varieties to hubby dear. :(
Now that is my problem because he has not asked me to not cook or eat mutton/chicken/fish/eggs. Rather he is eating non veg khana even after my instructions to not do so. He can't live "HAPPILY" without it for more than a day or two.
But head bent as I am to not eat non veg during this time, am left scratching my head every time I have to plan dinner/lunch menu -whatever....
I have been making Aloo Patal Dum for Sunday lunch for the past two weeks and the husband has been eating the same without a word-- gave me the idea that it must be definitely good enough to post here.
Patal belongs to the gourd family of vegetables and here is what I could find about the vegetable:
Trichosanthes dioica is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains major nutrients and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, copper, sulfur, and chlorine) which are needed in small quantities, for playing essential roles in human physiology. (source wikipedia)

Aloo Patal Dum/Aloo Parwal Dum/Potato and Pointed Gourd Curry

Potatoes(medium sized ) - 4 cut into cubes
Patal/parwal/pointed gourd- 8 scraped and cut into halves
Onion- 1 grated
Bay leaf- 2
Dhania Powder(Coriander)- 3tsps
Jeera Powder(Cumin)- 2tsps
Kali mirch(Black pepper) powder -1/2tsps
Garam Masala Powder-1/tsps
Cumin Seeds-1/2tsps
Dried Whole Red Chilly- 2
Ginger paste-3tsps
Garlic paste - 1tsps
Haldi- 2tsps
Salt -2 tsps or as per taste
Oil - 6tbsps I usually use mustard oil

Heat oil in the pressure cooker.
Shallow fry the patal/parwal and potatoes each at a time
Remove from oil and keep aside.
In the remaining oil add the bay leaf, red chilly and cumin seeds.
Add the onion paste and fry till the color changes to pink
Add the Dhania, jeera, kalimirch powder, Ginger garlic paste, salt and haldi
Fry for sometime or till oil starts separating from the mixture
Add the potatoes and patal/parwal and mix
Add 2 cups of water, sprinkle the garam masala powder and cover the lid of the cooker
let it pressure cook for 5 mins. The cooker should not whistle/release pressure in this time.
Remove from heat and wait till the pressure is released
Open lid and add 1tsp of ghee for the flavor
Serve with plain Rice along with Dal or serve with vegetable pulao.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Chilly Paneer

Since Chilly Paneer is a hot favorite among my collegaues when I bring it to lunch at work, I decided to let it show here

Chilly Paneer (Cottage Cheese in Chilly Garlic Sauce)

Oil- 6tbsp
Capsicum (diced)- 2
Onions (diced)-2
Whole Green chilly
Ginger-50gms(finely chopped)
Garlic-15 cloves(finely chopped)

For the sauce mixture:
Mix 2tbsp cornflour, 3tbsp Tomato Sauce, 2tbsp Green Chilly Sauce and 2tbsp Soya Sauce in a bowl

Cut the paneer into 1 inch cubes
Mix 2tbsp of cornflour, salt and pepper to sprinkle
Spread the paneer on a plate and sprinkle the cornflour over it.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the paneer pieces till golden
In the remaining oil saute the ginger, garlic,chilly, onion and capsicum
Add salt and pepper according to taste.
Add the sauce mixture to this and let it cook for 5 mins.
Add the paneer pieces, stirring slowly and cook till the paneer is evenly coated with the sauce.

I sometimes use ginger garlic paste instead of the chopped ginger garlic and it does give the flavor to it. If you do not like the ginger or garlic taste much, you can try this

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Kamal Kakri Kabab

I always run out of veggie snack options during summer time. While buying my weekly vegetable this week I picked some Kamal Kakri. It was a likeable food option at my parents home but my husband simply refuses to eat it. :-(
However, an old colleague of mine used to get the Kamal Kakri kabab for her packed lunch and I decided to try it this time. The kebabs turned out to be really delicious and hubby dear savoured it.

Here is my very own recipe for making the kababs

Kamal Kakri Kabab

Kamal Kakri/Lotus Stem/Lotus Root - 250gms
Chana Dal -1/2 cup
Ginger (crushed or finely chopped)-50g
Garlic (crushed) - 8 cloves
Green Chilly(Slit) - 4
Whole Black Pepper - 6
Cloves - 6
Water - 1/4 cup
Salt- 1tsp or as per taste
Oil- 6 tbsps or as necessary

Cut and Clean the Kamal Kakri using warm water
Soak the dal for about half an hour
Mix the kamal kakri, dal and all other ingredients
Boil in a pressure cooker till done
Remove from heat and mash well
Make round balls/chops
Heat & Grease the Tawa/pan adding some oil to it
Add the balls to the tawa gently flattening it as you do so
Let it cook on either side till golden brown
Remove from heat and garnish with fresh coriander and onion rings
Serve hot with Green chutney/sauce

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fame and Wine

Composed this for In Vino Veritas (Truth in Wine) contest at Jason Evans's blog.

Fame and Wine

Oh! A glass of wine so inviting and pure,
A sip would leave you craving for more
Same is true for glory and fame,
A taste of which would give you a name
Each gets better with passing time
As is true for old wine
I still choose wine over fame
One may pass but the other remain.

When tales of glory turn to folklore
And wine takes you to a sopor-
You should know, to ask not in vain
Should I or should I not proclaim?
Which of these is really mine-
Should I or should I not opine?
Fame to minds you would engrain,
Wine at times would leave you in disdain.

When erudition and wisdom finally galore
And I in all my worldliness implore-
You cannot do without either of them
Drink one and the other attain.
In all my years today I confine
I always wished the two would entwine.
While wine is precious and not mundane
Fame is much callous to maintain.

As long as you know how to handle both
You are fine and so I quoth.

Monday, July 6, 2009


A few days back I asked hubby dear to get some fruits on the way home. Now, it is seldom that he is asked to do so - so out of happiness and excitement he bought more than enough I guess. :D
What he got was 2kgs Mango - langda Aam, a dozen of good ripe bananas and 1kgs pomegranate. Now the season being summer and the weather being as hot as it can get here in Delhi, I just didn't know how to save the fruits. Mangoes were not a problem as I love them and would finish it off soon but none of us have a strong liking for bananas. :-(
I of course refrigerated the pomegranate and Mangoes so they would still stay good for some days but bananas. You can't put them either in the refrigerator or leave it in the open for many days. Atleast I don't because they soon start becoming blackish and I hate it.
However, we tried to eat a few of the bananas and then I decided to make "Pua" to put best use to it. This is a typical recipe right from my state. A must on the festival of holi. This was a common delicacy at my parents home and Mom used to often make it- be it whatever festival. Holi diwali, durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Independence day - yes! as kids we used to clebrate independence day too back at home...I guess since all of us were "Sweet Toothed", Mom wouldn't hesitate to make such things any day.
Ask any bihari and he would associate Pua with holi. There are a variety of "Puas" made on the eve of holi. My mom made puas in different ways.
However, the one here is a very simple and quick recipe


Maida - 3cups
Milk - 4/6 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Bananas - 4
Green Cardamom(crushed) - 8 crushed
Grated Coconut - 250gms
Saunf(crushed)- 3tsp
Oil for Frying

Mix all the ingredients together blending well.
the consistency would be like a dosa batter
Leave for an hour.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan/wok
Uusing a ladle pour a little of the batter into the oil.
The Pua should be shaped round like a puri.
Fry on low flame till golden in color
Turn each side using a spatula.
Line a flat dish with kitchen towels
Remove the puas from heat and place on the dish so as to absorb excess oil

Note: The oil used for frying puas should be hot in the beginning but you must remember to reduce flame as soon as you pour the batter to the pan else the shape does not come. Do not use the spatula to turn the puas unless the puas look cooked on the other side.

The pua can be served hot or cold. Combining the pua with Rabri is a slumptuous option. :) My favorite is refrigerated Pua and Rabri.

Friday, June 19, 2009


I love experimenting with food. I cannot use the recipe thoroughly and even if I follow the recipes, I usually tend to change it during the process. I don't know why I do it every time. May be because basically I am the kind of person who always tries to find out different ways to do a thing than the regular set of rules or procedure. And in food I generally would try to change to make it simpler and easier so that it suits my taste buds without actually spending too much time in the kitchen. Another reason may probably be because my recipes are never planned in advance. I usually cook whatever I feel like eating at that time unless I am expecting guests.
I had a close friend visiting me last night and she actually loves pasta the way I make it.
Here is how I made pasta last night:


Penne Pasta-250g
Beans - 50g
Carrot - 50g
Cabbage - 50g
Mushroom - 50g
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Tomato-2 medium sized
Garlic - 10 cloves
Cooking Oil - 4tsp
Salt- 3tsp
Pepper -1/2tsp
Chilly flakes-1/2tsp

For the white sauce:
Milk - 2 cups
Butter - 75g
Cornflour - 4tsp
Melt the butter in a pan. Then add cornflour to it. Let it cook for 2mins. Remove from heat. Add this to 1 cup of milk and shake well. Keep aside

Finely chop onions, beans, carrots, cabbage and mushrooms.
Grind the Tomatoes and garlic cloves together into a smooth paste.
Boil 4 cups of water and add the chopped vegetables to it except the onion.
When the vegetables are half cooked, remove from heat and drain out excess water.
Heat 8 cups of water in a vessel. Add 1 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp salt to this. When the water comes to boil add the pasta. Let it cook for 15mins or till done. Remove from heat and drain out water.
In a pan heat 2tsp oil and saute the onions. Add the chopped vegetables after a while.
Add the tomato garlic paste to it. Cook for 5mins stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, chilly flakes and oregano to this. When the tomatoes are well cooked, add the pasta and mix well on the heat. Cook for 5mins. Add the white sauce mixture to this and 1 cup water. Let it simmer for sometime.
Serve hot with garlic bread or any bread of choice.
I toast the brown bread and pat it with a lot of butter.
Last night I used the regular white bread toasted using salt, garlic paste and butter instead of ready made garlic bread and we had a hearty dinner.

Monday, June 1, 2009


When I was in school, it was very common to visit people at their homes. Those weren't days when you would need to call someone before going to their place. A friend's mother used to make this and I liked it a lot during those days. I have memories of buying this from stalls during Durga Puja too.
Although I never asked anyone how to make this but have tried it on my own several times since I got married. This also happens to be my most frequent recipe for a sunday snack or when I have friends coming over to spend the evening and I don't want to spend much time cooking.

Egg Devil

Eggs(hardboiled) - 6
Potatoes (bolied) -2
Onion-1 finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Salt-1/2tsp or as per taste
Cornflour - 2tsp
Bread crumbs-2tsp
Spice Mix- Take a pinch of each of the following:
Pepper, red chilly powder, coriander powder,
turmeric powder, cumin powder and garm masala powder.
Oil for frying
Mash the potatoes. In a pan heat 2 tsp oil. Saute the onions. Add the mashed potatoes and fry for sometime. To this add the ginger garlic paste, salt, pepper, red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and garm masala powder. Mix while frying till done.
Let the mixture cool.
Cut the eggs into 2 halves. Take one piece of the egg and cover it with the mixture. Spread the mixture evenly over the egg.
In a flat plate mix the cornflour and bread crumbs. Roll the egg balls over this mixture lightly.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the balls till the color changes to reddish brown.
Garnish with thinly sliced onions and coriander leaves. Serve hot

Note: Minced meat is also used for covering the eggs, however this is a quicker and much easier version of Egg Devil

Quick Chocolate Mousse

The other day when my little one said that he wants to eat chocolate mousse, I thought of trying something that's healthy as well as quick and easy to make. I experimented with what I already had at home and following is my own innovation:

Chocolate Mousse

Britannia Marie Biscuits- 15pcs
Chocolate Powder- 8 heaped Tbsps
Butter- 350gms (Preferably fresh white butter)
Sugar- Tbsps
Walnuts, cream and cherries
Grind the Marie biscuits and sugar till finely powdered. In a bowl blend butter and chocolate powder. Add the sugar and biscuit powder to this and whip till all the ingredients blend into a fine consistency.
Pour the batter into pudding moulds or small dessert bowls. Decorate with walnuts or cream and cherries. Refrigerate for around 1/2 an hour and serve cold.
The best is to use just one of these for the topping. Although, I sometimes combine cherries and cream but have never used walnuts and cream together. I usually use either of these.
I recently made this for a kids party that I hosted and the children seemed to love it. So I am happy. :-)

From the Regular Kitchen

A few of my friends have been telling me to post my recipes on my blog. Being the lazy bum that I am, I never thought of giving it a try until now. Here comes my first recipe. The recipe is my all time favorite "Aloo Posto" the way I make it.

Aloo Posto

Potatoes (boiled)- 4 large or 6 medium sized
Posto or Khus khus - 50gms
Dried Red chilly- 4
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 2tbsp (Mustard oild Prefered)
Salt - 1 tsp or according to taste
Red Chilly powder according to taste
Water - 2 cups
Soak the posto (khuskhus) in water for about 2-3 hours then grind to a paste.
If you want it to be quicker you can use hot water to soak the posto and let it soak for 1/2 an hour to save time. Cut the potatoes into 2inch cubes.
In a pan heat the mustard oil , then add the whole red chilly and mustard seeds to crackle.
Add the potatoes and cook for around 2 mins adding salt as per taste
Add the Posto (khuskhus) paste and mix well with potatoes. Let it cook for another 2 mins. Then add the red chilly powder and water. Let it cook for 15 mins. Remove from heat and add 1/4 tsp mustard oil and mix.
This tastes best with steamed rice. However, since I want to relish the taste, I usually eat this with roti or chapati. A must try since it is easy to cook.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

It was just another day. As usual, called home and spoke to mom and dad like I normally do. When I picked up the day's newspaper it was full of Mother's Day articles and then it struck me that May 10 was being celebrated as Mother's day. It was Mother's Day and the irony was my Mom was not made to feel any special than other days. :(

A lot of things crossed my mind and some thoughts lingered for a while. I debated whether I should call her up again and wish her "A Happy Mothers Day". Well, I decided against it finally. I just don't need to wish her only on such occassions - do I? I always wish her lots of love and luck, health and happiness. Even when I am not with her, there is not a single moment when I do not think of my mother. I don't let a single day pass without talking to my mother...mummy as I call her. During our growing up years Mothers Day concept was not such a hype. Infact I didn't even know such a day existed till I was in school - I mean that's an honest confession. :D

My Mother- Mummy as I call her -In my life she has always been the guiding star, someone who would stay awake throughout the night to take care of me whenever I was ill, someone who made sure I have everything I ever wished for. Of course, I have had my own share of arguments and fights with her. Times when I wished she wasn't there to nag me all the time. There were times when I thought, had she not been there I could have done certain things.

Those were the days of youth and freedom. The carefree days when you just don't have time to think about anything in life. When parents become low priority as compared to friends. Rather everything else in life takes over the most importat thing ever- Your Parents. We do not realise their importance then or perhaps we do- but we don't know how to handle it.

Anyways, coming back to the point. My mother has been the epitome of strength and perseverance in my life. I have never seen her cry or being rude to anyone. I don't think, I ever heard my mother raising her voice and talking to people. I am just the opposite though. :)
Never did she ever talk ill about anyone or get into gossips in the neighbourhood. During my growing up years Mummy was mostly busy in taking care of the family. Looking back - my memories are of mummy cooking for us, teaching us or playing badminton with us. Like other moms she never came to the bus stop to drop us for school. May be, I was lucky that the bus stop was half a kilometre across the road from my house. And half a kilometre wasn't really a distance in those times. May be she just didn't have enough time to do so- what with the four of us to get ready for school or may be by doing that she made sure we become independent and responsible individuals when we grow up. Which I can proudly say I am.

Mom is an extremely good cook and everyone in the neighbourhood turned to her for her recipes, be it regular food or delicacies. She is known for her culinary skills.
Mom is also too good at stitching and knitting. I still remember the many appreciations by family and friends on the embroidered bed covers, curtains and table covers she used to make. Till I came to college most of my dresses were stitched by her. I have fond memmories of how aunties used to call me and see my dresses which were of course tailor made by Mommy. During winters neighbourhood aunties would call me to have a look at the designs on my sweaters. I was proud then and I am proud now MA!

I can go on telling endless tales about mom and my journey so far but all I wish right now and pray to god for now- is that "May he give her all the happiness and strength she deserves and may she have a happy and peaceful life!"

Friday, February 20, 2009


Last few months have been kind of a Rejuvenation - in terms of spirits.

Sunita called up out of the blue and said she is in India. It was like a rush of adrenaline pumping through the heart to hear her after so many seemed ages and actually it was! 5 years is a long time isn't it?
She is a school friend. We were good friends in school and then we lost touch. Dad was transfered and we moved to Jamshedpur. I heard she got married and all, through some of the friends I was in touch with. Then one fine day, as I walked the streets of Delhi....I thought I saw her. It was a far cry to find someone you know in Delhi considering the place I come from and more over considering that I had no idea where she is. I knew her family is still in Hazaribag but nothing much...nor did I ever try to find much about her- that is what is special about teenage - you keep falling in and out of friendship and school friends soon take a back seat once you are out of school. I had a gut feeling it's her so I returned to catch up with her as we crossed path with each other in the opposite directions. I called "Sunita." She stopped and turned. ...and then said "Sonia?"
We were in the middle of the road and honestly, I didnt feel much bonding with her then. We just exchanged our phone numbers and parted promising to call. I don't remember who called up first, but yes-we revived our friendship from then on and became really close. We started visiting each other, shopping together and sharing everything with each other. It was like we were friends forever and this time the friendship was stronger and matured. But then she moved out of the country.
After 5 years, in December I met her in Ranchi as she was there too and I was scheduled to go there. But the best part was the time spent with her when she came to Delhi in January. It was really a pleasure to sit and chat with her and it seemed we wouldnt be able to have enough time to catch up on our lives so far.....
I still wish she was here and we could share so many things and have fun like the good old days.

Last tuesday, Chandrani called up to say she is in Delhi and would leave by evening the same day.
Chandrani happens to be my friend from college days. I have memories of sharing our crushes and heartbreaks and love stories and discussing about boys ;-) bunking classes, night outs, hostel life, movies and magazines, icecream and food, scooty races during college holidays. Riding our two wheelers through the streets of Jamshedpur. I met her after 9 years and it felt like ever since. Time just flew....we lost track of time.....we craved for more as hours passed by. The old days seemed like "Once upon a time...." tales that we used to hear as kids. It is strange how we were craving for more time now, time- which never seemed important during those days...a phone call and you are there....even if you don't call up you can still visit anytime.. Time was not as important as it seemed now when I met her after so many years. This is what time and distance does to your relationships...excitement and wait.....there are things to share.......infact there is so much that you never seem to complete all that you wanted to talk about.

I was living and re-living my good old days, days long gone by....memories that had taken a back stage in the tale of life, I had covered a long distance in time....and this was my past. As I lived each moment now, I was filled with varied emotions....The memories seemed like a delicious piece of cake and I wished I could eat it bit by bit so as to let the taste last longer. And, as I took the last bit, like the topping on the cake was another call- Manjery.
Manjery came a week later and we had fun.....went to all the malls close by...went to all the stores with the board "Sale" - very typical of her.
came across Manjery when she joined my team at work....she was an intelligent and qualified girl, plain and simple, hesitant and shy. Gradually she did change a bit - all for the good though -- and I am happy for her.
We liked each other and shared a comfort level. We went to places after work, shopping-window shopping, eating joints and restaurants. Both of us were foodies so we explored all the retaurants of Sec 18 Noida that existed then. We were equally passionate about chocolates... and I still remember the frequent trips to the closest from office- Nirula's for their Truffle pastry and Hot Chocolate Fudge. Whatever be the weather, there was no stopping us from going to Sec 18. A weekly visit was a must...whether you shop or window shop..whether your purse is full or empty.
Our friendship at work grew and moved to the personal sphere, to home and family, through opinions and discussions, thoughts and wishes, to personal joys and sorrows . We groomed and nursed our friendship to one that reached where we are now - A Lifetime.
Even though we are in two different cities, we still find time to catch up, update each other about life. She is the only girl to date with whom I discuss about work and office and crib about them if I feel like, without a seconds thought. She is the one who has been a part of my life through my hardships. In the most difficult of my days in life, she was there, just by my side, standing quietly and never even nudging. Some people have it in them to be there in your life silently- like god. I raise a toast to this friendship today!

Friends can be fun anytime all through your life. And I am happy to have come across some remarkably good people in life who I can call friends!